29 teams present their projects at the State-level selections
PUDUCHERRY: Twenty-nine teams from 16 schools in the Union Territory presented their innovative science projects at the two-day State-level selections for the National Children’s Science Congress-2008 on Tuesday.
Coming up with presentations in line with this year’s theme of the Congress – “Planet Earth-Our Home: Explore, Share and Care,” the students exhibited their interest in science and its applications through models, posters, charts and explanations.
Prior to the State-level contest, 112 teams from Puducherry, 16 teams from Karaikal, 25 teams from Mahe and four teams from Yanam took part in the regional level selections.
Of the 29 teams selected from the State-level selections, 22 teams were from Puducherry, four from Mahe and three from Karaikal. Almost 14 teams were from government schools in the Union Territory.
The selections were being done at the junior level for students aged from 11 to 13 years and senior level for students in the age group of 14 to 17 years.
From the State-level, six teams would be selected for the National Children’s Science Congress to be held from December 27 to 31 at Nagaland.
The teams, which consisted of five students each, presented their projects on varied topics such as organic farming in agriculture for healthy future, energy efficiency in kitchen, health and wealth in a vessel, waste food management, usage of sewage water, impact of herbal juice in mosquito mortality, global warming and climatic change in Puducherry, aquatic weeds and economic benefits, soil erosion and its remedy, impact of local weather parameters in forecasting fish catch and influence of water pollution on growth of plants.
Inaugurating the Congress, Joint Director of School Education R. Vanjulavalli said, “The scientific interests in students are identified by the teachers. Training is vital for anything and students should be helped in thinking independently to showcase their talents.”
The National Children’s Science Congress was supported by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the State-level Congress was organised by Pondicherry Science Forum and State Training Centre of Directorate of School Education.
Officer on Special Duty, State Training Centre V. Krishnan was present on the occasion.